COP 26 has brought into sharp relief fundamental challenges for developing and least developed countries, as they too seek to develop their economies to address poverty, inequality and exclusion. The outcomes reflect the complexity of making urgent efforts to address the climate crisis, of supporting the strategies and aspirations of the developing world, and of finding the necessary commitments and adequate financial support from developed countries.
This month’s tralac Newsletter covers what we call “systemic issues”, such as AfCFTA-related developments about which we regularly report – dispute settlement, trade costs, trade remedies and safeguards, trade governance issues, trade costs, and the future of regional economic communities – as well as topical developments such as the climate crisis.
tralac maintains a collection of regional and national trade-related resources and policy documents, including copies of the texts and annexes of regional trade agreements from the African RECs, the AfCFTA, TFTA and African Union.
We also offer resources on Africa’s global trade relations, including the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the EU, BRICS trade, and Brexit.
tralac promotes active debate on trade law and policy issues in Africa. This involves monitoring trade negotiations, interpretation of agreements, contribution to debates and discussions on trade developments. Our research is presented in trade briefs, working papers, trade reports and books, among others.